In the tradition of Ira Levinâ??s A Kiss Before Dying and Donna Tarttâ??s The Secret History comes a suspenseful thriller from the international bestselling author of The Bronze Horsemanâ??an utterly captivating story about four Ivy League students whose bizarre friendship leads to a twisted maze of secrets, lies, betrayal, and murder.
As the star player of Dartmouth Collegeâ??s womenâ??s basketball team, Kristina Kim is beautiful, intelligent, and fearless. But though sheâ??s just 21, Kristina has already had her share of heartache, loss, and dark secrets that haunt her. Sheâ??s best friends with Conni, Albert, and Jim, but the only one who seems to really know her is Albert. With long dark hair, tattoos, and a rebellious streak, Albert doesnâ??t fit in with the rest of the clean-cut Ivy Leaguers. Like Kristina, he has his share of secretsâ??secrets that are beginning to unravel this intimate circle of friends.
One wintry Thanksgiving weekend tragedy strikes...
When Detective Spencer Oâ??Malley goes to investigate something suspicious at the foot of a steep hill on Dartmouthâ??s campus, he doesnâ??t expect that the frozen, naked body found in deep snow would belong to Kristina Kimâ??the remarkable young woman he met recently who entranced him. Now Spencer will never know if the chemistry he had with her was real. All he can do is find her killer.
Spencer is pulled into the strange, complex web of the surviving friends. Many important questions about Kristinaâ??s murder cannot be answered, such as: why did none of them report her missing for nine days before her body was discovered? The more Spencer digs, the more clear it becomes that each of the three has a motive for killing Kristina. And as Spencer, seeking justice for a dead girl, is led down a labyrinth of deceit, every new revelation proves more shocking than the lastâ?¦.and more dangerous.